Meaning of SYMBOL in English
[noun] [C] - a sign, shape or object which is used to represent something elseCompare emblem.A symbol can be used to represent a quality or idea.The wheel in the Indian flag is a symbol of peace.The heart shape is a symbol of love.Water, a symbol of life, recurs as an image throughout her poems.Symbols are used in mathematics, music and science and also have various practical uses.The symbol for oxygen is O2.You see the symbol on this label - does that mean I have to dry-clean this shirt?Compare emblem.An object can be described as a symbol of something else if it seems to represent it because it is connected with it in a lot of people's minds.The private jet is a symbol of wealth.The car is a symbol of freedom.
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012